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2017 Peace Conference at Rolling Ridge

July 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - July 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

$57 – $197

Since its inception in 2011, the Peace Conference at Rolling Ridge has served as an important platform for healthy dialogue and inspirational hope. Diverse speakers over the years have addressed issues of peace-making, Earth tending, and inter-faith reverence. In a confusing political and social climate, now more than ever, people need a safe space as we seek understanding, harmony, and change. This year, Rolling Ridge will address the topic of peace in the political process at our 7th annual Peace Conference. During the Saturday afternoon plenary, Dr. Robert Jonas, will focus on the inner work that needs to be done so that we may be faithful to our call to speak out against political, social, and racial injustices. Sunday afternoon workshops will feature training in mobilization and spiritual practices, with experienced faith leaders offering their insights. A closing interfaith prayer for peace will round out the conference and send people home inspired and equipped to work for peace.


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(make sure to sign up for your workshop on line if attending a Sunday afternoon session)

– Spiritual resistance in a time of crisis with Margaret Jonas

– Non-violent communication with Jean Shula

– Personal beliefs and political reshaping with Henry Shoenfield

– Community organizing with Alice Mann

-Church Building 3.0: Building safe space with Wendy Miller Olapade


WORKSHOP REGISTRATION:  When Checkout is completed, click the link if you are not automatically brought to the workshop registration page   

CHILDCARE NOW AVAILABLE!  Please email thestaff@Rollingridge.org to pre-register your child
for childcare during the plenary and workshop sessions. 


Saturday, July 22, 2017

1:00 pm       Registration Opens

2:00 pm       Plenary Session

5:30 pm       Dinner

7:00 pm       Evening conversations

Sunday, July 23, 2017

For full-time registrants: breakfast, spiritual direction and wellness options in the morning

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Workshop Session 1

2:15 pm Workshop Session 2

3:30 pm Closing Prayer for Peace


$197 full-time private room (1:00 pm Saturday through 5:00 pm Sunday – 1 night, 3 meals with all sessions)

$157 full-time shared twin room (1:00 pm Saturday through 5:00 pm Sunday – 1 night, 3 meals with all sessions) $ 97 commuter (1:00-9:00 pm Saturday and 12:00-5:00 pm Sunday – 2 meals and all sessions)

$ 57 one-day (Either 1:00-9:00 pm Saturday OR 12:00-5:00 pm Sunday – 1 meals and session)

NOTE: Unlike previous years, there is no “speaker only” option at no cost

This retreat is open to those who choose to stay overnight or those who choose to commute.

About our Saturday speaker: Robert A. Jonas

Dr. Jonas is Founder and Director of The Empty Bell, a contemplative sanctuary in Northampton, MA, which is a resource for contemplative Christians and for Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Trained as a psychotherapist, Dr. Jonas is the author of The Essential Henri Nouwen, (Shambhala Publications), as well as Henri Nouwen (Orbis) and Rebecca (Crossroad).  A retreat leader, author, video artist, musician and environmental steward, he is a student of Sui-Zen, the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi). He has played at three Buddhist-Christian retreats to open meditations led by the Dalai Lama, with his CD, “Blowing Bamboo,” available on iTunes. A past Board member of the Henri Nouwen Society and a current member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies and the Eckhart Society, Dr. Jonas is guiding teacher at the Guild for Spiritual Guidance and on the advisory board of the Rowe Conference Center program to train interfaith spiritual counselors. 

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Join Beth Garnaas-Holmes for Worship on Sunday morning.

Enjoy morning Yoga with Karen Kilty


July 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
July 23, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
$57 – $197
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660 Great Pond Ave
North Andover, MA 01845 United States
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